The Lower Deschutes is fishing well but has been mostly pretty smokey in the canyon. PED hatches continue to be good, and caddis hatches are excellent so be ready for Pupa and Adults of Tan #16, Olive #16 and Black #18 caddis hatches.
The cold water release from the dam started this week so the water temps are noticeably cooler! Good for fish.
Nymphing has been cream of the crop down there, especially with the perdigons and euro jigs and streamers. Stonefly nymphs and october caddis pupa are becoming important now for late summer and fall.
Good news that Steelhead numbers achieved the ODFW requirements to stay open all year. Be a responsible angler and fish for them with respect and keep them wet for goodness sake. Wild Steelhead are gold baby. Treat them as such.
The Metolius itself has been in the smoke, but on and off and the AQI has generally been better there......